Photo Coverage: Love 'N Courage Benefit

On February 12th, Theater for the New City presented "Love 'N Courage," the 4th annual benefit for Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program, at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South).† The event included cocktails, dinner and performances.

The evening was hosted by playwright and actor Charles Busch, and featured Elaine Stritch, Tammy Grimes, Patricia Neal,†Charlotte†Rae,†Eli Wallach and Anne†Jackson,†and†Betsy†Von†Furstenberg. Ben Harburg also performed the songs of his grandfather, legendary composer Yip Harburg (Finian's Rainbow, Bloomer Girl and The Wizard of Oz).† Selected scenes from Theater for the New City's current season showcased the works of recently discovered artists, including the sexy ballet company The Love Show, who performed an excerpt from their show Nutcracker: Rate R. The evening also featured scenes from Laurel Hessing's new musical The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily: The Windblown Visitors, with music by Arthur Abrams.

Celebrating its 35th year, Theatre for the New City is a long-running bastion for new theatrical works. Often, talented emerging playwrights find themselves competing for funding with more established writers; Theater for the New City's mission is to offer "love and encouragement" to these struggling artists with its Emerging Playwrights Program, established in 1971.

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Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

Patricia Neal and Tammy Grimes

Patricia Neal, David Lewis and Tammy Grimes

Julie Halston and Charles Busch

Elaine Stritch, Charles Busch and Julie Halston

Elaine Stritch, Charles Busch and Julie Halston

Elaine Stritch and Betsy Von Furstenberg

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